Public Library Service during the Pandemic Closures Survey

On June 22, the Public Library Services Branch sent out a survey meant to capture data from the closure period due to the pandemic. The closure period is considered to be from March 17, 2020, when Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer issued the directive, to June 12, 2020, when Stage 2 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy began.

YRL compiled data for member libraries so that they can easily answer the following questions in this survey:

  • Circulation, questions 14 and 15
  • Cardholders and Fees, question 32
  • Electronic Performance Measures, question 36

Go to MAH Survey - Public Libraries to access the spreadsheet. Find your library code in the tabs to see your library's data.

Important information


  • ebooks, defined as titles in EPUB and PDF format, classified under the E-Books type asked by the PLSB. Included are OverDrive and CloudLibrary.
  • All other virtual items include: OverDrive audiobooks; RBdigital audiobooks; Audiobooks, music, TV and movies from hoopla; Lynda courses and video views; RBdigital magazines.

Electronic Performance Measures

  • Unfortunately, we were unable to isolate the March 17-31 session data from our WiFi usage. Please leave the field blank or enter N/A.

If you have any questions, please email

Monthly Statistics

Everyone loves data, right? Especially when that data is about your library and how it's used. YRL compiles some of the most important figures for you -- and can help you find pretty much anything else.

2020 Statistics
Bookmark this link for convenient access to individual library usage for:

  • hoopla
  • OverDrive
  • RBdigital
  • WiFi sessions
  • ME Libraries borrowing
  • Website analytics

We also compile statistics for CloudLibrary, PressReader and AB eBooks; because of the nature of these eResources, the statistics are YRL-wide.

Looking for last year's numbers? Find them all here: 2019 Statistics